Hewitt masterstroke! Kyrgios and Demon claim all-time epic

Tanya Simon
January 13, 2020

Australia and Russian Federation reached the semi-finals of the inaugural ATP Cup in contrasting fashion at the expense of Great Britain and Argentina.

World No. 5 five Daniil Medvedev blunted big-serving John Isner in an nearly flawless straight sets victory.

After looking tired from his earlier singles match, it was de Minaur's lightning quick reflexes at the net on Kyrgios' serve that gave Australia a 7-4 lead, while Salisbury and Murray patiently and determinedly refused to break on the other side of the net.

It was a cruel ending for Tim Henman's team, who had fought back after Cameron Norrie lost the day's first match 6-2, 6-2 to Kyrgios, with Dan Evans continuing his strong return to the game with a hard-fought 7-6 (7-4), 4-6, 7-6 (7-2) win over De Minaur.

The young Australian, who won three ATP titles past year, kept himself in the match by holding on to an early break to take the second set.

De Minaur and Kyrgios, who had 34 doubles matches between them a year ago - and not once together - were preferred to Chris Guccione and John Peers, who were unbeaten in three previous matches.

'That was incredible tennis. All three matches today everyone gave 100 percent and left it all out on the court, said Hewitt.

"Really proud of the boys, the way they were able to turn it around ... it could have gone either way".

Later, led by the powerful 1-2 punch of Daniil Medvedev and Karen Khachanov, Russia cruised past Argentina 3-0. The world number 17 has won all four of his matches this season and was in control throughout against the Argentinian, who appeared on the verge on tears in the opening set.

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But Medvedev regained his composure in the decider to win 6-4 4-6 6-3, with the victory ensuring he will be among the top four seeds at the Australian Open.

It was the other way around in the second set, which meant that the two teams had to play another one to decide the victor.

"I had a match that didn't go my way, but still, I couldn't have had a more supportive person after the match and even on the doubles court", said de Minaur who had never paired with Kyrgios before in tournament play. Hopefully we'll see him again'.

A Kyrgios beat Stefanos Tsitsipas comprises six world on Tuesday and carried the momentum into the clash against Norrie.

The mercurial Australian has been a model of concentration and focus at the ATP Cup as he thrives in the team environment.

He also accused the ATP of being corrupt before backtracking on the allegation.

"Obviously. That's the stupidest question I've ever heard", Kyrgios bluntly replied.

'Rusty (Hewitt) is the best captain, the teammates have been supporting each other, being there for each other and that's paid off, he added.

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